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Theoharis C. Theoharides, Ph.D., MD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Theoharides has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in scientific education

    BOSTON, MA, May 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Theoharis C. Theoharides, Ph.D., M.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Theoharides celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With 50 years of academia and industry experience to his credit, Dr. Theoharides has worked at Tufts University as a professor of pharmacology and internal medicine since 1995 (he received tenure in 1991) and professor of biochemistry since 2002. Additionally, he held multiple positions at Tufts University, including the director of graduate pharmacology from 1994 to 2000, associate professor of pharmacology, biochemistry and psychiatry from 1989 to 1994, director of medical pharmacology from 1985 to 1993, co-director of the medical pharmacology curriculum from 1983 to 1985, and assistant professor of biochemistry and pharmacology from 1983 to 1988. Previously, he served Yale University as a research associate with the faculty of clinical immunology from 1978 to 1983, and executive secretary for the university senate from 1976 to 1978. Dr. Theoharides began his career at Yale University as an assistant in research biology from 1968 to 1971, and an assistant in research in pharmacology from 1973 to 1978.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Theoharides graduated from Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece, earning a diploma, with honors, in 1968. He followed this accomplishment with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude and with Thesis Honors in biology and history of science and medicine in 1972, and a Master of Science in immunology in 1975, both at Yale University. He continued his academic efforts at Yale University, receiving a Master of Philosophy in endocrinology in 1975, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology in 1978, and a Doctor of Medicine in 1983. Dr. Theoharides concluded his studies with training in internal medicine at New England Medical Center from 1986 to 1993, as well as postgraduate coursework at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Theoharides has contributed to numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He served as a special advisor for the Allergy Clinical Research Center at Attikon Hospital with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 2006-2008, and he has been the clinical pharmacologist with the Drug Formulary Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continuously since 1985. He has served as member of the Supreme Healthcare Board with the National Public Health Council for the Hellenic Republic from 2003 to 2008. Likewise, Dr. Theoharides has held the roles of special consultant for the Ministry of Health in Greece from 1993 to 1995, and a visiting professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2006.

Dr. Theoharides also served as chairman of the International Committee to Upgrade Medical Education in Greece in 1994, he was a special consultant and on the board of directors for the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research & Technology in Athens from 1994 to 2002. During this time, Dr. Theoharides contributed to the World Conference on Inflammation as co-chairman of neuro-immunology in 1986 and 1989, as well as international advisory board member in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997. Dr. Theoharides found much success with his written works, including as an author for books on pharmacology, on the editorial boards for several journals, and contributed almost 500 articles to esteemed journals with 30,000 citations (h-index 85). As consultant to various companies, he participated in the development of a number of drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen, Cetirizine, Niaspan). Dr. Theoharides has had unique contributions in pharmacology and immunology, first demonstrating the ability of the tissue immune cells, the mast cells, to participate in inflammation by secreting their numerous mediators selectively, especially after stimulation by peptides secreted under stress, such as corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and Substance P (SP). He then reported that mast cells are superstimulated by the combined action of SP and the cytokine interleukin IL-33 to secrete impressive amounts of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1 and TNF He also showed that another peptide, neurotensin, is increased in the serum of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and stimulates microglia to secrete IL-1 He also first showed that mast cell and microglia activation is potently inhibited by the novel natural flavonoid, methoxyluteolin, which offers promise for the treatment, in addition to allergies and asthma, of many difficult neuro-inflammatory conditions such as, ASD, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, mastocytosis, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. Dr. Theoharides takes pride in mentoring and has trained more than 200 medical, graduate and post-graduate students. He has been awarded numerous patents and trademarks.

In addition to his primary trade, Dr. Theoharides remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise as a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Theoharides has also been a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Theoharides has been involved with the Society for Health and Human Values, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Hellenic Biochemical and Biophysical Society, the Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology, the Hellenic Society of Medicinal Chemistry, and the Hellenic Society of Pharmacology. He contributed to the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society as secretary from 1984 to 1985, vice president from 1985 to 1986 and from 1994 to 1996, and president from 1986 to 1987. He also served on the board of directors and on the executive committee of Hellenic College-Holly Cross (1988-2002). Dr. Theoharides established two nonprofit companies (Brain-Gate, Autismfreebrain), and has two consulting companies (Biomedadvice, LLC, and Theta Biomedical Consulting and Development Co., Inc.) through which he helps patients, and works on the development of unique dietary supplements (

In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Theoharides has accrued several accolades and honors throughout his impressive career. He was honored as an Archon of the Christian Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate with the Order of Saint Andrew in 2000. He was inducted in the Rare Diseases Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Fraternity in 1987. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Athens University in 2011 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Hellenic-American University in 2103. Dr. Theoharides also received the Dr. George N. Papanicolaou Award twice in 1977 and 2003, the Oliver Smith Award recognizing excellence, compassion and service from New England Medical Center in 1999, the Community Service Award from the late Mayor Thomas Menino of the City of Boston in 1998, the Special Faculty Recognition Award from the School of Medicine at Tufts University twice in 1987 and 1988, and the Excellence in Teaching Award ten times from the School of Medicine at Tufts University. He was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the Tufts University Alumni Association in 1986, the Medical Award from the Hellenic Medical Society of New York in 1979 and 1983, the Milton C. Winternitz Prize in Pathology from Yale University in 1980, and the Theodore Buyler Award for outstanding Yale College graduates in 1972.

Dr. Theoharides was selected for inclusion in many editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Theoharides has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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